What happens to your social media’s account when you die?

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I had recurring thoughts about this question recently. What happens to your social media accounts when you kick the bucket? So I did a bit of digging and got some answers.

As the old saying goes, “nothing lasts forever.” And unfortunately, that includes your social media presence. But fear not, dear reader, for in this article we will explore the fate of your online profiles after you shuffle off this mortal coil.

It depends on the social media platform.

First and foremost, it’s important to note that the policies for handling deceased user accounts vary depending on the platform. Some platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, allow friends and family members to memorialize the account of a deceased user. This means that the account is frozen in time and can no longer be accessed or edited, but it remains visible to anyone who had previously been able to view it.

Other platforms, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, do not have a memorialization option. Instead, they require the submission of a verified request from a family member or legal representative before the account can be deactivated or deleted.

What happens to your content?

But what happens to all of that carefully curated content that you spent years (or decades) posting online? Well, it depends. Some platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, allow friends and family members to download a copy of the deceased user’s data, which can include posts, photos, and messages. This can provide a valuable and sentimental keepsake for loved ones.

On the other hand, other platforms, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, do not offer the option to download a copy of the deceased user’s data. This means that once the account is deactivated or deleted, all the content associated with it will be lost forever.

Planning is your best shot.

In conclusion, the fate of your social media accounts after you die is largely dependent on the platform that you used and the policies in place for handling deceased user accounts. While some platforms offer the option to memorialize or download a copy of the deceased user’s data, others do not. So, if you want to make sure that your online presence lives on after you’re gone, it’s important to plan ahead and consider what you would like to happen to your accounts. Just remember: death may be inevitable, but at least you can control what happens to your cat memes.

Wissame
Wissame

Wissame Cherfi is a producer, director, podcaster and author with an expertise of + 10 years in the field of audiovisual production. Ten years that he now uses as a Freelance Creative Consultant to help clients on all types of creative projects. « La musique qui vient de mon cœur » (2022, French language) is his first book.

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